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PRESS RELEASE: Proposed fast-track legislation puts SC consumers at risk

Sens Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott Urged to Reject Measure to Block Fraud and Fee Protections on Prepaid Cards Obscure, fast-track law would stop CFPB prepaid card rule CONTACT: Sue Berkowitz (803)779-1113 x101  Columbia, SC  – February 6,  2017 – South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center today called on South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and […]

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A Look at Economic Inequality in SC

Though America’s economic expansion is now in its seventh year, many South Carolina communities remain distressed, crimping residents’ chances of achieving economic stability or success in their lifetimes, according to a new study. The February 2016 report, by the Economic Innovation Group, a Washington-based nonprofit research and advocacy group, said 30 percent of South Carolina […]

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The Unmet Legal Needs of Veterans

Earlier this month, a report was released by Project CHALENG outlining the responses given by Veterans when asked to rank both their met and unmet needs. While many may believe the duty of caring for Veterans falls entirely on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the hospitals they manage, and that any problems Veterans […]

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2016 SC Appleseed Legislative Wrap Up

Coverage of the 2016 legislative session focused on a small number of high profile issues, but all the while here at South Carolina Appleseed we were working on several lesser known but very important bills which were enacted into law. These laws are not only great public policy; they will also help the communities we […]

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Lawyers 4 Vets 2-Year Report

Lawyers 4 Vets May 2014 to May 2016 A Brief History South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center in partnership with the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and with additional support and coordination by Nelson Mullins Law firm created the Lawyers 4 Vets pro bono legal clinic. The clinic was specifically created to address the unmet […]

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The Waiting Room: The Difference Affordable Healthcare Makes

Another guest blog this week by Randy Moore, an Appleseed intern, who shares his personal experience with having insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, after many years without.   The Senate Finance Committee will debate the “Healthy SC” amendment this week to provide a private option plan for affordable healthcare. Healthy SC would close that healthcare […]

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Medicaid and the Health Insurance Coverage Gap in South Carolina

In South Carolina, 194,000 uninsured residents fall into the health insurance coverage gap and are unable to enroll in Medicaid or get tax credits to help buy coverage in the new marketplace. These South Carolinians fall below 100 percent of the federal poverty level guidelines ($20,090 for a family of three and $11,770 for an […]

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Open Enrollment for Low Cost Health Insurance Re-opens Sunday March 15th!

***Update: March 10th, 2015*** The federal government has opened a special health insurance open enrollment period for tax season. The special period will begin on March 15, 2015 and will remain open until April 30, 2015. Some consumers were unaware of or did not understand the tax implications of not enrolling in coverage. Those who […]

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Vet Clinic Hits 6 Month Milestone!

It’s hard to believe that half a year has gone by since starting the Vet Clinic, but it’s officially been 6 months! Over 600 veterans have contacted our hotline and 90 attorneys have committed to helping them. What a great success story! Our volunteer attorneys have drafted 30 Simple Wills and/or Healthcare Powers of Attorney, […]

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South Carolina | #YourVoteCounts

 With the 2014 South Carolina election less than two weeks away, we bring you… #YourVoteCounts At SC Appleseed, we know that voting is a way of connecting to and caring about our neighborhoods, our government, and the direction of public policy in South Carolina.  On Tuesday, November 4th, every vote counts. Every vote is a way to […]

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